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Ronette Mathew - 85

11/25/1932 - 3/20/2018
Walnut, IL
Ronette Irene Mathew Ronette Irene Mathew, 85, of Walnut, IL, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. She was born November 25, 1932 in Sterling, IL the daughter of Ronald E. and Irene (Haug) Shawger. She was raised in Sterling, IL and graduated from Sterling High School in 1950. She also attended Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL. She married James Orville Mathew on January 23, 1955 in Sterling, IL. They were married for 61 years. He preceded her in death on November 20, 2016. She worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling, IL from 1952-1955. Following their marriage, she and Jim farmed in the Sterling-Morrison area for 5 years until moving to their current farm south of Walnut. She was a member of the Walnut United Methodist Church, a past member of the Walnut United Methodist Women, a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, a member of the Farm Home Club since 1963 and a past member of the ladies of the Sterling Moose Lodge. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, traveling, gardening, dancing and cross stitching. She also collected small salt dishes and colored glass birds. She is survived by one daughter, Nancy (Glenn) Austin of Ohio, IL; two sons, Mark (Mary Lou) Mathew of LaHarpe, IL and Kent (Julie) Mathew of Walnut; four granddaughters, Jennifer Jellerichs and her boyfriend, Jessie Ranjel of Sterling, IL, Lindsay (Jeff) DeBates of Princeton, Mallorie (Jason) Miller of Peru, IL, and Emily Mathew of Kewanee, IL and three grandsons, Matthew Junis of Champaign, Taylor (Samantha) Mathew of Geneseo, IL and Mitchell Mathew of LaHarpe, IL; five great granddaughters, Chloe Miller, Courtney and Charlotte Junis, Myla Miller and Elliot Mathew and three great grandsons, Jaydon Jellerichs, Elijah Junis and Blake Junis; two step grandsons, J.C. and John Austin; three step great grandsons, Austin, Brayden and Preston DeBates. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one grandson, Micah Mathew; her brother, Jack Shawger and his wife, Sue Shawger; and one nephew, Ron Shawger. Visitation will be Friday, March 23, 2018, from 9 – 11:00 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Reverend Mark Harkness of the Walnut United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY, 10163. Online condolences may be sent to

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